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Fuhgeddaboutit: DNC Disses Brooklyn, Picks Philadelphia For 2016 Convention

Remember the last time we had a nominating convention?
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[UPDATE BELOW] Mayor de Blasio's slick vision of what a Democratic National Convention could be in Brooklyn will never be realized, because the DNC has chosen Philadelphia to host the 2016 DNC. PHILLY!

DNC Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said, "In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia's deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee."

Mayor de Blasio had pointed out that there'd be more potential money raised for the convention than in Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio, the other finalist city. The NY Times reports, "The Democratic National Committee, which sent a team of technical advisers to each city during the summer, insisted that its choice would be a business decision that boiled down to a dry calculus of hotel rooms, logistics and the ability to raise money. There was a deep aversion to repeating what transpired in 2012, when the host committee in Charlotte, N.C., fell short of its fund-raising goal... Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Brooklynite, avidly promoted the city’s strong unions and diversity, and assembled a high-wattage host committee that included Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, and Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs."

Mayoral spokeswoman Marti Adams had said, "When it comes to transportation, no one compares to New York City. We have the most extensive transportation network in the United States, hands down. As we demonstrate on a regular basis, New York City knows how to move large groups on our roads and waterways and in the subways without disrupting the flow of the city, and we’ve developed a plan to move delegates between venues and boroughs."

Politico says that the news is a "huge disappointment for New York City":

Logistical concerns were a factor that hurt New York’s bid, a Democratic official said.

The official said almost everything would be simpler and cheaper in Philadelphia, which hosted the Republican convention in 2000. The party’s 2016 convention will take place the week of July 25. A contract was signed with Philadelphia this morning.

The Washington Post's Philip Bump laid out his thoughts on where the DNC should be held (Columbus) and added, "A personal appeal to the DNC: Please don't even seriously consider the third city, because picking it over New York would just be something that makes one of the monthly 'Why Philly is better than New York' lists that appear in the local tabloids. Do not enable them."

But there are some NY Dems who are happy:

Update 11:11 a.m.: Here's de Blasio's statement, which does not congratulate Philly: "New York City represents the future of America. We’re a city that’s working to lift up and unite every resident and ensure that all 8.4 million New Yorkers have the opportunity to succeed - not just the fortunate few. That core principal is what makes our City and our nation so great, and is why we fought so hard to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the five boroughs. Brooklyn is America's greatest urban success story, which would have made it a great backdrop to nominate the next President of the United States. I'd like to thank the thousands of New Yorkers who lent their time, energy and resources to support our effort."

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